Library Director Salary

With about two-thirds of Library Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $29K to $98K per year and averages out to $60K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Library Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Female Library Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,522 - $100,751
(Median)
$33K
$60K
$100K
MEDIAN: $60,046
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$10.05 - $28.57
(Median)
$10
$15
$29
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,522 - $100,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,792  
Total Pay (?
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$29,094 - $98,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 473
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $28.57  
   
Overtime
$19.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,792  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,094 - $98,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.

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Library Director Tasks

  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Popular Skills for Library Director


Survey results suggest that Library Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Collection Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cataloging and Online Research. It is often found that people who know Administration are also skilled in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $51K. Library Directors bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $71K.

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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 9%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Administration
up arrow 2%

Collection Development
up arrow 2%

National Average
$57,000

Online Research
up arrow 6%

Cataloging
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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